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Lilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti) by Mark Shields
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distribution Spottily distributed over most of the Coastal Plain and the eastern third of the Piedmont; also sparingly in the mountains and foothills. Many gaps in the range (records for less than half of the counties within the Coastal Plain and Piedmont portion of the range). Might be truly absent in some counties in the western Piedmont and parts of the mountains.
abundance Uncommon to locally common in the Sandhills and at Suggs Millpond (= Horseshoe Lake) in Bladen County. Rare to locally uncommon elsewhere in the Coastal Plain and eastern Piedmont. Rare in the foothills/mountain part of the range. Ought to be present in the western parts of the Piedmont and at least the lower mountain counties.
flight In the Coastal Plain, it occurs from early March to early October. The Piedmont flight occurs from mid-May (and likely earlier) to late September. The few mountain dates fall from late May to mid-October, suprisingly late.
habitat As the common name implies, it is essentially found only at lakes or ponds with lilypads.
behavior Adults can be identified by their habit of curving the abdomen such that the club typically touches the lilypad.
comments There is much opportunity for biologists to "fill in the holes" in the range map with new county records. In fact, several new county records were added in 2016 and 2017. Though the species is considered to be "Common below the Fall Line" in GA (Beaton 2007), it certainly is not so in NC. The number of recent records, as compared with those older collection records by Cuyler, suggests that the species may be increasing in numbers and range in the state.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Lilypad Forktail

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Comment: Scotland, 2018-05-11, Scotland Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2018-04-22, Lake Rim. Abundant on lily pads. Only a small area of lake surveyed by kayak.
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Carteret, 2018-04-19, Along Patsy Pond Green Trail and at Lilypad Pond, Croatan NF. - Both sexes. one teneral female.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2018-02-27, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest. Photo of female.
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Orange, 2017-09-09, Pond at Twin Creeks Park near junction of Eubanks Road and Old NC 86 (35.959266, -79.104926) - Mostly Males.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak - first record for county
Photo by: Mark Shields, Chris Hill

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-19, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-05-02, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-04-10, limesink ponds at Carolina Beach State Park - 6 individuals and 14 pairs in wheel on lilypads in Lily Pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-09-05, Holly Shelter Game Land, waterfowl impoundment
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2016-06-19, Lily-filled roadside ditch along Highway 94
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Burke; P, 2016-05-11, Table Rock Fish Hatchery. Atypical habitat; no lilypads at this site; single male seen perched on a rock at edge of pond. Photo.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake) - several pairs in wheel position on lily pads
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Watauga, 2015-07-02, Bass Lake, Moses Cone Memorial Park. - Males on lilypads.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2014-05-04, - Waterfowl impoundment
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-08-16, Harris Lake-paddling the shore NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd. - 13 males 2 females
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Lee, 2013-06-12, Lilypad lake near intersection of Cedar Lane Rd and US 1 - I believe this is a first record for Lee County; very abundant, probably many more at the lake. Female photographed in this image
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Lee, 2013-06-12, Lilypad lake near intersection of Cedar Lane Rd and US 1 - I believe this is a first record for Lee County; very abundant, probably many more at the lake. Male photographed in this image
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Signa Williams

Comment: Gates, 2005-05-30, female, MEMI - Upper Millpond on lilypads.
Photo by: SBW, FKW

Comment: Gates, 2005-05-30, MEMI - Upper Millpond on lilypads. Several present. Male and female both photographed.
Photo by: Randy Emmitt

Comment: Scotland County, 2007-06-16, Sandhills Gamelands, female